Emma Thompson Denied Atty Fees In 'Effie' Copyright Spat

Law360, New York (April 25, 2013, 3:12 PM EDT) -- Emma Thompson on Wednesday lost her bid to recover attorneys' fees from a screenwriter who claimed the Oscar-winning actress stole the idea for her upcoming film "Effie," after a New York judge ruled the writer had reason to suspect the film infringed copyrights for her works.

U.S. District Judge J. Paul Oetken denied Thompson's motion for attorney fees after previously ruling that “Effie,” based on the infamous marriage of Effie Gray and Victorian-era art critic John Ruskin, is substantially different than playwright Eve Pomerance's screenplays “The...
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